Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will look to frustrate Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos during the second leg of their Champions League semi-final by giving him no-one to “fight” with.
The crunch continental clash is locked at 1-1 on aggregate heading back to Stamford Bridge.
World Cup winner Ramos is set to return to action in that contest, with Tuchel mulling over how best to approach that challenge after regularly favouring a system that incorporates a false nine over recent weeks.
Tuchel added: “For Toni, I think he will play with a mask. He trained on Saturday with a mask so it’s just about him getting used to it.
“It will be a very tight race for Kovacic. He had a little setback and felt something in not the same area but the same muscle as before. It’s very likely that he will not make it unfortunately.
“We have two training sessions now to prepare for Real Madrid so it will be exciting. I’m very happy with this group in the semi-final. We feel ready for a big fight and I’m pretty sure that we need a big performance because Real Madrid will give us a hard time.